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News Comments > SOE Premium Membership Changes
8. Re: SOE Premium Membership Changes Jan 4, 2014, 19:21 JeffD
nothing more then 2k.. and since it sounds like they intend to put limitations in, I bet the guns that are 1-2k SC and only purchasable by SC are not going to be allowed to unlock by the subscriber ability.

And those 2k weapons are nothing special, just another family of machine guns with their perks and flaws.
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News Comments > SOE Premium Membership Changes
6. Re: SOE Premium Membership Changes Jan 4, 2014, 15:27 JeffD
Ozmodan wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 14:09:
Additional value. LOL! Instead of allowing you to use your station cash as you please they are being magnanimous and giving you choice of ONE item? Sounds like a huge downgrade if you ask me.

Way to stick it to your playerbase SOE!

It is great in some ways, and not so great in others, it depends on if you are a person who takes advantage of deals of the day. For the impatient joe, this is a good thing because many items cost more then 500sc, especially if you restricting yourself to 1000 cert weapons and cosmetic stuff (Spending SC on 250cert gear is just stupid). So in this case you could get 3 items where under the old system you would only see 2, and you wold need to wait for the second and third month.

On the other hand if you were like me and only purchased things when they were on sale %50 off, you could net a number of items, more than 3 in some cases. This really came to fruit when I had about 2k sc saved up just from the monthlies and for Christmas they had different sets of weapons and gear %50 each day, and each day one item was only 1sc. Under the new system only people who paid cash for SC upfront would be able to take advantage of the sales. It really separates the subscribers and the SC purchases up even more.

Also SC is not limited to planetside, so it effectively keeping planetside's money out of other games like the upcoming Everquest NEXT.
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News Comments > On Sale (2)
19. Re: On Sale (2) Jan 3, 2014, 04:27 JeffD
Acleacius wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 20:36:
I thought Rift servers got turned off.

Rift has been free to play for many months now, and is doing pretty good. There has been a quite a few patches consisting of new content, balance updates, and holiday content for the in game store. I picked it up recently and quite enjoy it as it satisfies my WoW itch, something I have stopped paying for since winter 2011. I think I can safely sum up Rift as a Pre 3.0 patch WoW, with all the bloated talent trees and armor stats you can mix and match. There is plenty of dungeons, solo content, and raids although not nearly added at the speeds blizzard has been.

Buying the game at $6.99 is actually great because you not only get a free month ($15 value) of patron status, but bag slot and character slot unlocks that normally cost well over $20 from the in game store. If only they sold the expansion too. These disc copies have been out of production for like half a year now, with all the "perks" of buying them moved to purchasables from the in game store.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 29, 2013, 16:02 JeffD
Not just steam OS, they need to make linux dualboot a kind of standard. We NEED user friendly versions of these operating systems with program install methods that do not fail! Most popular builds today offer painless program installers but the moment that installer fails to install something, the technical knowledge required to troubleshoot it increases by 10 fold.

Android dualboot is kinda.. nah. Having android on a stick you can plugin to TVs is cool.. having it on my clunky PC not so much. And the games arn't there. That is the key factor in steam OS that might make it successful, game support! If you can create an alternate OS where all the games be.. you have a good chance of pulling people who spend money on PCs away from MS.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 25, 2013, 19:02 JeffD
Actiontrips awards were kinda...meh. It is understandable to be disappointed with some of the genres.. but their rant on MMO's was completely missing the mark.

We don't NEED new MMORPGs each year. We invest in a lot of time and money in the ones we like and we would rather not have to start from scratch. Instead MMO awards need to take in the additional content that current MMOs have added to keep the game exciting still. In the past 6 months we have seen the leaders of the free2play charge step foward and things are looking good.

Warcraft is still..warcraft and Guild Wars 2 is going full steam ahead with their monthly living quest additions although no real improvements to dungeons, raiding, and end game gear.

On the F2P front the old republic has added a few content packs although continues to get flak for its %50 xp penalties for freeplay mode. Rift is doing quite well as the true free 2 play version of WoW with lots of small content added (store merchandise like dimensions, dungions, additional adventure zones) and cross faction/server implementations to adjust to any low pop zones.

Planetside 2 just finished up a large part of their game optimizations for the upcoming PS4 port and now runs like a commercial game should and is back to work on class balances and will continue to role on new content later (although we may not see it until after the PS4 reelase).

There are quite a number of others that are holding their own numbers like Conan, LOTR, EQ2, D&D, and Never winter although are have not been so active from the developer standpoint. TERA was pretty popular but a recent difficulty nerf to one of its iconic features caused a number of people to vacate.
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
2. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Dec 23, 2013, 12:49 JeffD
as if Christmas sales on games mean anything, nothing good came out this Christmas, all the good games have already been bought.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 18, 2013, 21:57 JeffD
Guide Step 1: Convince game makers to release linux ports.

Still waiting on that one.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 18, 2013, 21:56 JeffD
I dont think this is it, but I am expecting any day for bitcoin to crash off the face of the earth. I am expecting some kind of exploit hack to create bitcoins to be the smoking gun, although I don't expect to many people will be happy that bitcoin has droped %50 in 6 months.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VIII
1. Re: Ships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VIII Dec 5, 2013, 21:25 JeffD
Be prepared.... prepared to spend %40 of your time battling trash mobs so you can stock up on heals. Prepared to try and understand final fantasies most complex and worse elemental stat system. Prepared for the worst storyline involving time travel..ish.. storylines.. ever told.

Wonder if its as bad of a copy over port that the steam ff7 was.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
6. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Dec 1, 2013, 17:22 JeffD
Rocktar already unveiled the PAID source of the image, the models name is Shelby Welinder.

You get NOTHING! You LOSE! Good day sir!
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Nov 30, 2013, 15:01 JeffD
Ozmo, please tell me you did not just say that. That is exactly %100 of what bill gates thought when he said why would you need more than 640k memory. You can't think of not supporting something just because the reason to do it does not exhist. Thats like saying why make 3d cards on pc when no 3d games that use it exhist. Or why make VGA graphic cards when all the software and image formats out there only run EGA colors.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Nov 24, 2013, 14:53 JeffD
Free cheat codes are being replaced by pay cheat codes.. another reason I'll pass on console games. Trainers bitch.  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 17, 2013, 17:36 JeffD
fantaz, unfortunatly the amount of cpu/gpu time to mine a coin has gotten really long. You would likely be spending as much money powering the computer as well as increasing your AC bill if you tried to use idle cycles on a high end computer. There is some money in building a setup that uses hardware addons that specifically are for mining bitcoins.

IMO however bitcoins are a lottery, not a legit form of money. Bitcoins are manufactured, money is not. Bitcoins are obtained from doing no real work, the computations the computers do are thrown out and thus MAKE no actual money. Money is obtained in real work when you do a service or produce a product that you then sell.

Bitcoin is waiting.. waiting for that one day that a viral report of a hack comes through (I say viral, it can be just a half hack or minor exploit, but the right news story could do just as much damage) enough to cause a huge sell off and the lottery will be over, the fastest sellers will be the winners.
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News Comments > Skullgirls Free Weekend
2. Re: Skullgirls Free Weekend Nov 15, 2013, 00:26 JeffD
Which is what you feel like you got when dropping money on this game.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 14, 2013, 08:35 JeffD
Julio wrote on Nov 14, 2013, 06:22:
I wonder what the fps comparison is on NFS Rivals on PS4 vs Xbox720.

I have found that NFS games have all generally ran at a good clip on PC at high resolutions. They haven't really exceeded the limits of the systems, especially when you consider their tracks are less detailed than GTA. The last couple of games after after SHIFT have actually been worse imo. I haven't bothered to look at rivals yet.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
11. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 12, 2013, 01:21 JeffD
PC gaming... free of big company bullshit since 1981  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
5. Re: Saturday Consolidation Nov 10, 2013, 01:33 JeffD
Redmask wrote on Nov 9, 2013, 16:17:
I saw Microsoft banned that guys console even though he got it legitimately early, that's some total bullshit. He was giving them good PR too. They are just a company of short sighted idiots, it's incredible.

If I was Sony I'd seize the moment and send him a free PS4.

The system isn't expecting ANY users on xbox one live, I would be worried if it DIDN'T ban them! Still before you all get your panties in a wad, wait until release day to see if they are still "banned" from the console they are not supposed to have.

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News Comments > Warhammer Online Goes Free Until Closure
2. Re: Warhammer Online Goes Free Until Closure Nov 3, 2013, 11:50 JeffD
Apparently no one can be bothered with f2p and mythc  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
30. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 28, 2013, 16:23 JeffD
Creston wrote on Oct 28, 2013, 16:09:

We had a game like that. It sold pretty decently too. Then its devs decided to make Armageddon instead of a sequel.

I'd hardly classify red faction as a physics destruction marvel since the game really didn't have any physics.

The difficulty does rely however on having buildings to be completely modeled. This is not really a hardware issue (We haven't rendered polygons we can't see in ages and detail levels inside can be managed with LOD) but manpower to design all the rooms and connect them internally. This is pretty much why we have seen very little interest in complex physics, we lack enough complex terrain that we can actually blow up. We still need that open world where all buildings are complete.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
26. Re: Good bye dvd format Oct 28, 2013, 15:46 JeffD
BitWraith wrote on Oct 28, 2013, 15:34:
The PC seems to be skipping Blu-Ray altogether in favor of downloads (steam).

Yea but that was when the largest download was 18 gigs... when a game is 49 gigs I think we're going to see a shift back to store bought boxes for most. I've purchased older games dirt cheap on steam just for the sake of having steam manage storing my old games, but I still pretty much buy all new games from the store. Installing from disc is so much faster.
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